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The Tortoise or the Hareby Toni Morrison
Synopses & Reviews
In the well-known tale of “The Tortoise and the Hare,” everyone remembers that “slow and steady wins the race”—or does it? In this energetic retelling of a favorite fable, it’s the speedy Hare who crosses the finish line first, but it’s Tortoise who has the tale to tell when he discovers that the race, not the winning, is what matters most. While winning is important, making a true friend is the best prize of all.
"In the Morrisons' updated version of this Aesop's fable, Jimi Hare and Jamey Tortoise try to spin their story with the media before the race. 'But what story pleases your readers the most,' Jamey asks a reporter, 'the winner who loses or the loser who wins?' The reporter, an exuberant fox in a party dress, responds, 'Oh, they're both important.... But for overall satisfaction, it's when the winner loses.' After all the hype, the ending is remarkably anticlimactic--unlike in the original, Jimi comes in first, while Jamey plods in second. The traditional message about perseverance is lost to a murky idea about gaming the system to get what you want: the crown for Jimi, the headline for Jamey. Although the animals are portrayed as parallel misfits--outcast for their quick moves and quick mind--and would seem ideal companions, that development is left to a throwaway final scene. 'It's not who wins,' the authors conclude. 'It's when the runners become good friends.' The oil paintings by Cepeda (who illustrated the Morrisons' Peeny Butter Fudge) vibrate with life and color, providing much of the story's energy. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Nobel Prize recipient Toni Morrison and her son, Slade, breathe new life into this classic fable in which the hare learns a very important lesson. Full color.
Everyone knows that in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare the slow and steady tortoise wins always wins. Or does he? In this energetic retelling Hare wins but the Tortoise has the story to tell. So you decide, what makes a winner?
About the Author
Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prizeand#8211;winning American author, editor, and professor. Her contributions to the modern canon are numerous. Some of her acclaimed titles include: andlt;iandgt;The Bluest Eyeandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Song of Solomonandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Belovedandlt;/iandgt;, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature 1993.Slade Morrison was born in Ohio and educated in New York City. He studied art at SUNY Purchase and collaborated with his mother, Toni Morrison, on five books for children.Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books, including andlt;iandgt;Peeny Butter Fudgeandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;i andgt;The Tortoise or the Hare andlt;/iandgt;by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, andlt;iandgt;What a Truly Cool World andlt;/iandgt;by Julius Lester, andlt;iandgt;Mice and Beans andlt;/iandgt;by Pam Muand#241;oz Ryan, and andlt;iandgt;Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkeyandlt;/iandgt; by Joy Cowley. Mr. Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as theandlt;i andgt; Los Angeles Timesandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;i andgt;Buzz, Inc. Magazineandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;i andgt;Latina Magazineandlt;/iandgt;.
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